Scandinavian linguistics

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/15
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course focuses on key issues and themes of Scandinavian linguistics in a synchronic and/or diachronic perspective that enhances connections with the methods and approaches of general linguistic studies.
Expected learning outcomes
The students will acquire sound and systematic knowledge of themes and problems referred to the linguistic situation and practice in Scandinavia. They will be able to apply knowledge and models in a contrastive perspective, and will develop an attitude to constructive comparison of different realities identifying networks of similarities and differences.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Course title: "Historical-comparative linguistics, history and stories of words".
The lectures will be recorded and will be available for downloading on the web site of the university. The course is open to all students.

As a whole, the course will focus on the following themes:
- Language and dialect: scientific definitions and popular taxonomies, relations between codes.
- Languages classification: the Scandinavian continuum within the Germanic system
- Historical and comparative linguistics of the Scandinavian languages: internal characteristics; diatopic phonetics and morphology.
- Etymology: word formation; loans and neologisms; Scandinavian words and their relations to the rest of Europe: magic-religious motivations of insect and animal names; plant and fruit names in relation to their geographic origin; parallel semantic motivations.

This course syllabus is valid until September 2021.
Prerequisites for admission
The course could partially taught in the Swedish and a number of works on the reading list are in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish and othert European languages. A very good knowledge of one Scandinavian language is therefore required, in Italian and passive competence of another European language.
Teaching methods
Teaching methodologies: recorded formal lectures and online seminars. The formal lessons will be available on the web site of the university.
Teaching Resources
The following reading list is valid for all students. Every title is assigned some points in square brackets.
Students that have attended classes will study, in addition to lecture contents, a selection of works with a total amount of points equal or higher than the number of ECTS required: at least 6 points for 6 ECTS; at least 9 points for 9 ECTS.
Texts:

- Akselberg Gunnstein (2002), "Dialects and regional linguistic varieties in the 20th century II: Norway" in: Bandle Oskar (ed.) The Nordic languages, Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 1707-1720 / [1]
- Alinei Mario (?), Lexical Isogloss and Etymology Revisited in the context of the ATLAS LINGUARUM EUROPAE [1]
- Alinei Mario (1976), "L'evoluzione del significatio delle parole" [1]
- Alinei, Mario (1983), "Arc-en-ciel", in ALE I, 1, Assen, Van Gorcum, Cartes 6-9, Commentaires, pp. 47-80. [2]
- Alinei Mario (1990), "Magico-Religious Motivations In European Dialects: A Contribution To Archaeolinguistics» in: Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, 5. / [2]
- Alinei Mario (1992), "Dialectologie, anthropologie culturelle, archéologie: vers un nouvel horizon chronologique pour la formation des dialectes européens» in: A.A.V.V. Nazioarteko dialektologia biltzarra. Agiriak / Actas del Congreso International de Dialectologia, Bilbo 1991.X.21/25, Bilbao/Bilbo: Euskaltzaindia / [1]
- Alinei Mario (1997), "Principi di teoria motivazionale (iconimia) e di lessicologia motivazionale (iconomastica), in: Atti del XX Convegno della SIG. Chieti-Pescara, 1997, s. 11-36. [1]
- Alinei Mario (2002), "Nomi di animali, animali come nomi: cosa ci insegnano i dialetti sul rapporto fra esseri umani ed animali, [1]
- Alinei Mario (2008), "Belette/Weasel" in: ALE I/8, Roma: Istituto Poligrafico / [2]
- Banfi Emanuele, Grandi Nicola (2003), «Capitoli: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1,7; 3,1; 4.2; 5.2» di: Lingue d'Europa. Elementi di storia e tipologia linguistica, Roma Carocci / [3]
- Barros Ferreira Manuela, Alinei Mario (2008), "Coccinelle/Ladybird" in: ALE I/30, Roma: Istituto Poligrafico / [2]
- Barros Ferreira Manuela, Alinei Mario (2008) "Ver luisant/Firefly" in: ALE 2/37, Roma: Istituto Poligrafico / [2]
- Benati Chiara 2011: "Svedese" (§ 8) in: Storia delle lingue scandinave, Genova: ECIG, 159-190 / [2]
- Benati Chiara 2011: "Norvegese" (§ 9) in: Storia dele lingue scandinave, Genova: ECIG, 193-227 / [2]
- Benati Chiara 2011: "Danese" (§ 10) in: Storia dele lingue scandinave, Genova: ECIG, 231-251 / [1]
Brozović, D., J. Kruijsen et E.R. Tenišev (1988), "Chêne", in ALE I, 3, Assen, Van Gorcum, Carte 36, Commentaires pp. 111-136. [1]
- Contini Michele 2008: "Papillon/Butterfly" in: ALE 2/37, Roma: Istituto Poligrafico [2]
- Caprini Rita, Alinei Mario 2008: "Sorcière/Witch" in: ALE I/8, Roma: Istituto Poligrafico / [2]
- Dahl Östen 2000: Språkets enhet och mångfald, Stockholm: Studentlitteratur. §§ 1 - 8 (pp. 1-169) Åskådningsexempel 2 (pp. 179-186) / [4]
- Edlund Lars-Erik 2011: "Språkgeografisk kartering av de nordiska språken", in: Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, pp. 7-55 / [2]
- Ejskjær Inger 2002: "Dialects and regional linguistic varieties in the 20th century III: Denmark " in: Bandle Oskar (ed.) The Nordic languages, Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 1721-1741 / [1]
- Hallberg Göran 2002: "Dialects and regional linguistic varieties in the 20th century I: Sweden and Finland" in: Bandle Oskar (ed.) The Nordic languages, Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 1691-1706 / [1]
- Johannessen Janne Bondi, Vangsnes Øystein Alexander 2011: "Nye nordiske isoglossar. Dialektforsking ved bruk av Nordisk Syntaktisk Database (NSD)", in: Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, pp. 67-75 / [1]
- Nielsen, B. J. - Pedersen, K. M. 1991, Danske talesprog. Dialekter, regionalsprog, sociolekter, København, Gyldendal [4]
- Pamp, B., 1978. Svenska dialekter, Natur och Kultur [4]
- Skjekkeland Martin 2005: Dialektar i Noreg, Oslo: Høyskole Forlaget / [5]
- Torp Arne 2002: "The Nordic languages in a Germanic perspective" in: Bandle Oskar (ed.) The Nordic languages, Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 13-24 / [1]
- Udolph Jürgen 2002: "Nordic, Germanic, Indoeuropean and the structure of the Germanic language family" in: Bandle Oskar (ed.) The Nordic languages, Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 544-552 / [1]
- Viereck Wolfgang 2000: "La historia cultural europea: algunas observaciones en el Atlas Linguarum Europea" in: Revista Española de Lingüística, 30/2 / [1]
- Weijnen Antonius 2008: «Forgeron/Smith" in: ALE I/45, Roma: Istituto Poligrafico / [1]
- Werle Eva Carlsson 2011: "Marbuskar, martovor, markyssar", in: Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, pp. 155-173 / [2]
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a face-to-face dialogue with questions on the course contents and every reading selected by the student. The dialogue is in Italian and its duration (20 to 30 mins) depends on the number of ECTS and on the number and type of readings (monographs or articles). The aim of the exam is to ascertain the student's knowledge and understanding of the selected readings, the ability to personally and critically comment on the discussed themes, the usage of technical terminology
Grades are expressed on a 30-point scale. Students have the right to reject the mark (which will be registered as "ritirato" in this case).
International or Erasmus incoming students are required to contact the teacher as soon as possible. Students with SLD are required to contact the teacher to plan specific exam activities according to the instructions of the office in charge.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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